Pomegranate dye

pomegranate dyeCathy dyed some English Leiceister fleece with pomegranate seeds and skins. The fleece was white but after being in the pot for hours it became, well, sheep coloured. A creamy, yellowish colour like wheat. Pomegranates are high in tannic acid so you do not need a mordant. The net bag got eaten through though ,which was a first for her  when using natural dyes. It wasn’t a problem…big sieves work well.

She carded it and is now mixing that to make wool batts which include a bit of sage green merino tops and some gold thread. All of that looks good together and we look forward to seeing how it spins up.

The yarn on the right has been dyed with onion skins and then there is some yellow merino tops and white alpaca mixed in.

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Painting a wool batt

Mixing colours and making wool batts is creative and can be fun. You need to master the carding skills and then you can use colours and your imagination to come up with original and interesting wool batts. painting them adds hints of colour which creates a richness and colour depth. it is also a good way to use up odd bits of carded fleece which would otherwise go to waste. Hints of colour are what make colourways interesting!

All the yarn

You never know what people will be spinning. Sometimes you watch them spinning for weeks and then you finally discover what the yarn is going to make. It’s always a journey of colour, contrast, ideas and project planning.

Top right is Alexis’ wool batts which are spinning up in an interesting way. Seeing the skein of yarn is going to be good. Next are Marjorie’s natural coloured wool batts made from washed and carded fleece. Then Karin is spinning Alexis’ Tasmanian Blue Gum wool batts which we all love. It’s the colour ! Marina has been spinning light blue acrylic tops and from the first lot she has made a lovely market bag. Meryl is spinning the beautiful First Editions merino and silk batt and Hilary has her interesting metallic looking yarn which is so unusual and such a beautiful colour. All those colours inspire us as we look at them and all the yarn is used. There can never be enough yarn!

One year anniversary

Our blog is a year old this week. We have had 5 473 visits, we have 156 followers and Christine’s Crescent Shawl is the top post for the year. Margaret’s sheep cushion was close, though. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate our love of spinning than with a homespun shawl and a homespun sheep cushion. We love spinning and we look out over the ocean and just spin and chat and share ideas. We do not stop talking.

Top left is the wool skein Hilary brought back with her on her return to the group . She had spun and plied it and it was a big, fat, squishy skein of beautiful wool we all loved. Such a lot of spinning. To the right is her latest effort . She is spinning a wool batt from the Bendigo Woollen Mills and it has a lovely sheen which doesn’t show up in the picture. We loved the colours.

Bottom left is Karin’s spinning. She is spinning one of Alexis’ wool batt colourways and it looks amazing. So vibrant and the colour has such visual appeal. If you look at the picture you can see Alexis’ jumper to the left top of the picture and the joke was that Karin might just start spinning that off her back because the colours were so similar and Karin was loving the colour of her spinning.

In the middle is Janette’s homespun waistcoat she had grabbed from her car because the temperature dropped again. All those lovely browns, creams and fawns. It’s not new but it is in excellent condition and living proof spinning your own wool is worth it. She made the buttons for her waistcoat too. The natural colours are lovely and it’s a nice, warm garment.

This is what we love. The colours, the spinning and then being able to create lovely things. They are always different because, with spinning, you can spin the colours you want.

one year anniversary